Blackwater Refuge , MD Osprey Cam 2019

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Blackwater Refuge , MD Osprey Cam 2019

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:03 pm

Welcome to the 2019 season of the Blackwater Osprey Nest .

Nest Updates:

February 18, 2019
: Ospreys normally return from migration around mid March. We hope to see an osprey pair adding sticks to the nest by early April in preparation for a new nesting season.


Link to Cam


WARNING: This camera displays a live view from a wild osprey nest at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. The cam will display raw, unfiltered nature that might include wildlife interactions and weather calamities that we cannot control. We have a no-intervention policy, as we are just observers.

USER TIP: IF THE WIND SOUND IS TOO LOUD, YOU CAN MUTE THE SPEAKER ON THE VIDEO PLAYER.

See a video of our recent camera installation at the nest!

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Nest Updates:

March 14, 2018: The Friends of Blackwater have operated a cam from this nest for 17 years and have seen over 45 eggs laid during that time. This is the first year in which we have streaming video and audio at the nest. The nest sits on a land-based pole with the nest box about 40 feet in the air. It is located along the Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. In front of the camera (the view you cannot see) is the Blackwater River, where the ospreys like to fish. The water you can see on the camera is an impoundment pond that sits beneath the nest, and Great blue herons will sometimes fish in the pond. When the ospreys migrate for the winter, other birds -- such as bald eagles, herons, and owls -- will perch on this nest, so we will leave the camera on throughout the year.



March 26..

History of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Since 2001, the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge have been broadcasting images from an osprey platform located along the Refuge Wildlife Drive, and since 2004, the Friends have also been broadcasting images from a bald eagle nest in a local loblolly pine tree. Learn more about these two raptor species by watching the cams and exploring the resources below.

http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camcentral.html

Weather Report


Link to all seasons


Link to Facebook

Link to 2018 nest thread

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May 26, 2018: It's clear now that we won't have ospreys nesting this year on the cam. We have seen a male defending the nest, but he hasn't mated, and instead we've seen moments where multiple ospreys were using the nest as a temporary hangout. We hope next year will be more productive, but we will keep the cam online throughout the year as we have other birds visiting the nest, including the eagles

Egg Incubation Period.. 35-42 days and we have seen eggs hatch later in some cases
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Re: Blackwater Refuge , MD Osprey Cam 2019

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:05 pm

Time Line [*] Cam on Line

[*]Adults Return

[*]Eggs Laid

[*] Eggs Hatched

[*]Chicks Named

[*]Fledged

[*] Last seen
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:27 pm

Stats for 2009 - 2016 with thanks to JudyB

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Re: Blackwater Refuge , MD Osprey Cam 2019

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:31 pm

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Bonding. The pair are confirming their bond from last season.

Mating, you will see the female's tail up.

Possessive, you will see a quick on and off by the male, and other indications off territory disputes.


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Osprey information

Osprey Facts.....Rutland

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The annual migration by Ospreys from northern breeding grounds to southern wintering spots and back again never ceases to amaze or raise questions. Here, Dr. Bob Kennedy answers a few

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Osprey with fishDescription: Also known as the “fish hawk,” ospreys are raptors that are well adapted for fishing. They have long legs and large feet with specialized barbs on the pads, hooked talons, and a reversible outer toe that allows them to easily grasp fish with two toes pointing front and two pointing rear. They have an oily waterproof coating on their wings, and they can close their nostrils when they plunge into the water. They have slender bodies and long wings that are bent at the ‘wrist’. Their strong wings give them extra lift to fly up and out of the water with a heavy fish. They have a black bill with a sharp hook for eating fish.

[Here is great article on

Bird Emotions
Do Birds Have Feelings?

BY MELISSA MAYNTZ
Updated 02/23/17


https://www.thespruce.com/examining-bir ... ons-386439
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